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a ragged colt may make a good horse
Someone's or something's current behavior, condition, or situation, especially that which is bad, does not dictate their future outcome. I wouldn't worry too much about your son's interest in partying—a ragged colt may make a good horse, after all. The rough cut of the film left us a bit worried, but the editor assured us that a ragged colt may make a good horse.
A child born to unmarried parents. A reference to the offspring of a horse that breeds accidentally. A: "His parents weren't married when he was born? So he's a woods colt?" B: "So what if he is? Why does that matter?"